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Version: 1.0 | Updated: 01/13/2004

Rise of the Triad FAQ
Version 1.0 Written 1/13/04
Written by Thunderbird

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This FAQ is copyright (c) 2004 by Sean Taylor

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parts of Rise of the Triad. You may not post it elsewhere without first 
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Version Information
3. What is Rise of the Triad?
4. Obtaining the Shareware Version (The Hunt Begins)
5. Obtaining the Registered Version (Dark War)
6. Getting the game working
7. Powerups, and the like
8. Enemy Characters
9. Boss Characters
10. Secrets
11. Special Thanks

1. Introduction

Welcome to my Rise of the Triad FAQ. This FAQ is useful for both the 
shareware version and registered version of the game. For the most part, the 
two games are similar (well, except for the levels themselves). Parts that 
pertain to only one of the two versions will be indicated. Note that anything 
referring to an episode beyond Episode 1 is for Dark War only, as The Hunt 
Begins only has 1 episode (which is not part of Dark War).

2. Version Information

Version 1.0 Written 1/13/04

Initial version, most of the FAQ outlined. Some information is missing. A 
walkthrough may appear in a later version.

3. What is Rise of the Triad?

Rise of the Triad (or ROTT, for short), is a relatively old (1995) 3D game by 
Apogee (now 3D Realms). Featuring a good amount of enemies (and very good AI 
for the enemies), as well as a large amount of secrets, this game contains 
some good replay value.

4. Obtaining the Shareware Version (The Hunt Begins)

The shareware version of the game can be obtained from 3D Realms' website 
(www.3drealms.com). It contains one episode consisting of 7 levels, 1 secret 
level, and 2 warp only levels (cheat codes are required to enter the warp 
only levels).

5. Obtaining the Registered Version (Dark War)

The registered version is available at 3D Realms' online shop (from their 
website). At the time of this writing, it is available for $15 as either a CD 
or a downloadable version. The downloadable version contains the 
functionality of the disk version noted in the shareware version. As of this 
writing, the CD version is out of print, but a new CD is pending (with more 

6. Getting the game working

Due to ROTT's age, it is a DOS game. As most of us know, DOS games don't get 
along too well with Windows 2000 and Windows XP. While Windows XP may be able 
to run the game, there are a few alternates available for this. One alternate 
is the DOS emulator DOSBOX (at dosbox.sourceforge.net). Or, since the game is 
now open-source, you can obtain the source from www.icculus.org/rott or get 
compiled binaries (for the non-programmer people among us) at 
www.apogeegames.com/rott. The binaries are only available for Windows, but 
the game can also be compiled for Linux. As of this writing, both versions 
seem to randomly crash, but the Windows version will also crash upon 
defeating a boss. If you are running Windows, it is recommended to use DOSBOX 
with the standard ROTT (though you may have to turn the detail down to get a 
playable framerate).

7. Powerups, and the like

There is a plethora of powerups available in ROTT. These range from modes, to 
weapons, to health items.

Ankhs: These items aren't necessary, but if you gather 100 of them, you will 
get an extra life. An ankh that is only a grey outline is worth one point. If 
the outer part is beige colored, and it is a solid shape, it is worth 5. If 
it has a beaded outer circle, it is worth 10. Finally, the best ankh is pink 
with two rotating rings about it, and is worth 25. It is possible to destroy 
these, so be careful.

Bullet Weapons: You start with a measly pistol. If you find another one, you 
can fire them both simultaneously. There is also a machine gun, with a heavy 
rate of fire and decent damage statistics as well. All bullet weapons have 
infinite ammo.

Missile Weapons: These are probably the most damaging weapons in the entire 
game. They are as follows:

Bazooka: Just an ordinary missile. Goes in a straight path. Inflicts heavy 
damage. Carries 10 missiles. If you get one of these from a Lightning Guard 
(provided it wasn't your own that he stole), it will have 3 missiles left.
Heat Seeker: Moderate damage, but will seek out an enemy target (or other 
sources of heat, so watch where you're shooting this). Comes with 6 missiles 
in the barrel.
Drunk Missile: Shoots 5 missiles (only takes one ammo per shot though) that 
appear to home in on an enemy. Damage value per missile is low, but it adds 
up. Comes with 7 missiles in the barrel.
FlameWall: When the missile hits the floor, it creates a deadly wall of 
flame. Anything (except robots and bosses) that is hit by this will be killed 
instantly. The missile itself does little damage if it hits an enemy. If your 
enemy was wearing asbestos armor (in Comm-Bat mode), it won't do any damage, 
but it will remove the armor. You'll find 7 walls of flame on this thing.
Firebomb: Missile creates an explosion that expands outward in 4 directions. 
The impact can be used to missile jump, but only if you're wearing asbestos 
armor (it will kill you otherwise). High damage, but only comes with 5 shots.

The following missile weapons are only available in Dark War.

Split Missile: Launches a missile pair that acts as one, until you release 
the fire button. Then they split and act as heat seekers. Moderate damage, 7 
Dark Staff: Ouch. Kinetic energy ball that goes outward in a straight path 
causing major damage to any enemy it hits. Comes with 7 shots.
Excalibat: Interesting weapon we have here. The bat itself can only be used 
as a melee weapon, but if you hold the fire button down, it will release a 
batch of baseballs. Comes with 10 ammo, which is only used when an 
Excaliblast is discharged.

Armor: Armor is nice to have, but it lasts a limited amount of time. There 
are three types.

Asbestos: Anything flame based will have it's damage reduced highly (this 
includes missiles). If hit by a flamewall, the armor's effect will end 
prematurely, otherwise it will last for awhile.
Bulletproof: Exactly as it says. Bullet weapons will cause no harm to you 
until this armor wears off. Nice to have.
Gas Mask: Not found often (since it's not often needed), but this will 
protect you if the Oscuridos decide to release the gas (funny, as it also 
harms them). Lasts about the amount of time that the gas does, and if the gas 
ends before this does, it goes off automatically (since it's not needed 

Misc Powerups: These items have varying effects, some are nasty. All have a 
limited time before their effects are removed.

Mercury Mode: You are able to fly by pressing the keys bound to Look Up and 
Look Down (PGUP/PGDOWN default). Be careful not to fly outside of the level.

God Mode: You are completely invulnerable, and can fire the Godfire weapon, 
which does major damage to any enemy and will also seek them out.

Dog Mode (Dark War Only): You see a dog snout in front of you. Yes, you are a 
dog, for a limited time. Note that you are substantially shorter than normal, 
and can use this to get into small areas. The basic attack is a melee one, 
but since you are invulnerable, it makes no difference. Alternatively, you 
can also hold the fire button to charge up the BarkBlast, which does heavy 
damage to nearby enemies, but will also destroy all nearby items (including 

Shrooms Mode: Avoid this, unless you're going for bonuses. This will cause 
your vision to wander quickly, and all enemies and some objects will be 
flashing colors (note that movable columns will also flash, which is useful). 
Hard to hit enemies like this.

Elasto Mode: Your friction factor is reduced to nothing (you cannot stop 
moving, easily) and you bounce off walls. Dangerous in some areas. Avoid.

Random Powerup: Randomly cycles between all modes, except for Mercury Mode. 
Hit it to get the powerup. Note that if you can't pick up the powerup that is 
selected for some reason (already have it, or changing from good to bad), the 
random powerup will change to the mode you would have gotten if you'd hit it. 

8. Enemy Characters

Low Guard: Basic guard, wearing a grey and black uniform. Carries a pistol. 
Some may be asleep, but will wake up if you get close enough.

High Guard: Carries a machine gun, wearing a beige uniform. Advisable to take 
out ASAP, as the machine gun can remove your health quickly. Has a small 
chance of dropping his weapon when he dies.

Lightning Guard: Dark brown uniform. If he gets close enough, he will steal 
your missile weapon, and might even use it on you. Some of them carry missile 
weapons themselves. If he took a missile weapon, he will drop it when he 
dies, with the ammo that it had left in it. Otherwise, he drops nothing.

Strike Team: These guys like to roll around a lot. Don't waste missiles on 
them, as they'll usually dodge them. Wears a bright beige uniform, and 
carries a pistol.

Triad Enforcer: Wears a dark grey coat and carries a chaingun. Worst enemy in 
The Hunt Begins. The chaingun causes heavy damage, and to add to it, he may 
toss hand grenades at you. Dispose of first. High health, so it takes awhile 
to take him down.

Robot Patrol: Metallic robots that roam around. They are invulnerable to 
bullet weapons and the FlameWall. They shoot explosive disks in your 
direction, but these disks will not seek you out.

The following enemies are in Dark War only.

Overpatrol: Wears a black uniform. May fire a net to trap you (got a knife?) 
and will shoot at you while you're helpless. If you lack a knife, you will 
need to wiggle left and right to escape the net, which takes longer than 
simply taking a knife to the net (many statues have knives).

Ballistikraft: AVOID at all costs. They are invulnerable to all weapons, and 
are slightly bigger than the Robot Patrol. They will fire missiles at you.

Death Monk: Wears a brown robe. If they get close enough, they will drain 
your life. Best to remove quickly.

DeathFire Monk: Same as the death monk, except these fire magic at you. 

9. Boss Characters

Note that The Hunt Begins has no bosses (pity). Also, missile weapons are 
required to cause any damage to the bosses.

General Darian: Not too difficult to take down. Hides in a small room. Armed 
with missiles, so be careful. When you first enter the room where the music 
changes to the boss battle music, he will be inaccessible. After a time, a 
couple doors will open, allowing you to enter and challenge him. Should you 
want to get back out again, retrieve the Oscuro Key and open the door. You 
will be able to use it to get back in should the time delay door close later 
on. Takes about 8-9 bazooka shots to take out (naturally, most of the missile 
weapons near him are bazookas).

Sebastian Krist: Getting harder, but not too bad yet. He sits in a wheelchair 
and wanders about his room. He will fire three disks at you, which are easy 
to dodge. There is plenty of healing stuff in his room, so health should not 
be a problem.

The NME (Nasty Metallic Enforcer): Oh boy. Go straight from easy to hard why 
don't ya? The NME is arguably the most difficult boss in the entire game 
(yes, harder than El Oscuro). He is a robot that moves extremely fast, and is 
armed with heat seeking missiles (better run). 15 bazooka shots will take him 
out. There's an iron key behind where he starts, grab it if you find the 
opportunity. If you somehow land on top of him, consider yourself dead. He 
will not take damage due to you standing on him, and once you step off, 
you're as good as dead. If you lead him outside of his room and into the 
spinblades outside of it, the game will crash (the programmers never put any 
code to allow for NME to be outside of his initial room).

El Oscuro: There's a bit of a trick to taking him out. You might notice that 
no matter how much stuff you shoot at him, he never dies. The key to 
defeating him is to not fire at all. After awhile, he will expend his energy 
and die on his own. Note that this isn't the final battle, you have two more 
levels to complete after this.

Snake Oscuro: Wandering around on the floor in his area. He can only be hurt 
while over a fire pit. It will take quite a bit of damage to kill him, but 
missile weapons and healing items are plentiful here. Note that before you 
engage Oscuro himself, it is recommended that you find all of his larvae and 
destroy it all. Otherwise you will end up replaying this level (with any 
larvae you did destroy returning). Larvae can only be harmed by missile 
weapons (there are plenty of Dark Staves in the first room for the first 

10. Secrets

ROTT is chock full of secrets. I do not have all of them, but I do know quite 
a few. Some of these are detailed in the manual as well.

Bonuses: There are many bonuses that can be obtained at the end of a level, 
for various things.

Supercharge Bonus: Acquired all powerups on a level (from the Misc Powerups 
section of this FAQ, others don't count, and the dangerous powerups don't 
count either). 10000 points.
Adrenaline Bonus: Killed everything that could be killed (Ballistikraft is 
excluded here, obviously). 10000 points.
Bleeder Bonus: Used every health item in the level. ???? points.
Skin of Your Teeth: Ended the level with only 1 dot of health. 100% health
Republican Bonus 1: Acquired every missile weapon on the level. 5000 points
Republican Bonus 2: Destroyed all plants on the level (okay....). 5000 
Democrat Bonus 1: Never used a handgun on the level (Machine Gun is OK). 5000 
Democrat Bonus 2: All Shroom Mode powerups acquired and healing basins used 
on a level (interesting correlation here). 5000 points.
Ground Zero Bonus: Hit by your own missile (FlameWall is the easiest to do 
this with, but the deadliest). ???? points.
Bull in China Shop: Destroyed all life items in the level (Geez). ???? 
Curiosity Bonus: All Secret Walls found (number found and total number is 
displayed upon finishing). ???? points

Bonus Bonus: Got all bonuses. ????? points
As you might imagine, getting the Bonus Bonus is incredibly difficult.

Endgame bonuses: (Note that the Extra Lives Bonus is the only one that 
applies in The Hunt Begins. Dark War has all 3).

Extra Lives Bonus: Awarded for each life you walked away with at the end of 
the game. 10000 points per life.
Genocide Bonus: Killed every one of the same type of enemy (Low Guard, High 
Guard, etc). Can be gotten multiple times. ???? points.
DIP Bonus: Acquired all three developer balls. 100,000 points.

The balls are located in E2A6, E3A3, and E4A6. E2A6 has it behind the Oscuro 
locked door. E3A3 has it in the maze behind a pushwall. Get an asbestos 
armor, and try to avoid the Ballistikraft near the wall. Make sure to get out 
quickly, 3 gun emplacements guard this ball. I have not found the P ball yet.

Scott's Mystical Head can be found in E2A3. It is quite difficult to acquire, 
given the layout of the area near it. Bring a missile weapon with you for 
this. When you are on a high area next to what looks like the outside of the 
level, use your map to find a safe jump off point (where the level extends 
outward). Once you jump off, follow the path, eliminating any gun 
emplacements you see. Scott's head is located within a flamewall area. Grab 
it for over 2,700,000 points (wow).

Each episode of the game (including The Hunt Begins) contains one secret 
level that is accessible via a secret arch. If you find this arch, you will 
be warped to Area 8 of that episode. The following levels can only be reached 
by using cheat codes:

The Hunt Begins: Too Tall and Play Room
Dark War: Dead in Two Seconds, The Vomitorium and This Causes an Error!

All of these levels fit their names well. Normal secret levels are as 

The Hunt Begins: Wall to Wall
Dark War:
Episode 1: Turn of the Screw (accessible from Burnt and Amazed, Area 3)
Episode 2: Elevator Trouble
Episode 3: Eight Ways to Hell (accessible from Movin Walls, Area 6)
Episode 4: Switched Around

11. Special Thanks

I'd like to thank the following people:

Apogee/3D Realms for producing this fun game, and releasing the source code.

GameFAQs for hosting this guide.

The fine folks at icculus.org for porting the ROTT source code to Windows and 

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